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Met Gala 2016: Inside the Met Museum's Fashion-Forward Bash

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Get a peek inside the Met's latest Costume Institute exhibit and the design of its biggest party

Yesterday was the first Monday in May, which can only mean one thing: the Met Gala descended on the Metropolitan Museum of Art, bringing celebrities, socialities, and other fashionable folks to the Fifth Avenue institution. The bash was in celebration of the museum's latest Costume Institute exhibit, "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology," which opens to the public later this week. And while our pals at Racked have you covered on the fashion and celebrity aspects of the whole shebang, we're taking a look at the design of the exhibit and the party itself (through the magic of Instagram—special thanks to the celebs who broke the whole "no phones inside the party" rule).

The exhibition space itself is designed by Rem Koolhaas's firm OMA, with the defining element being the so-called "ghost cathedral" that welcomes visitors to the exhibit:

That's a wrap! Tour through the moments (and faces) that made up the 2016 #MetGala. Video by @danilolauria.

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Welcome to #ManusXMachina at the @metmuseum. Video by @danilolauria. #MetGala

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Per Racked's review, "The exhibit seeks to explore the tension between the handmade and the machine-made, and by extension, haute couture and prêt-à-porter, or ready-to-wear." This is made clear in the choice of clothes on display, which fuse elements of traditional tailoring with new, tech-forward practices.

The amazing #BillCunningham examining a garment on view at this morning's #ManusxMachina press preview

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The design for the Met Gala itself also echoed the principles of the exhibit, with installations throughout the building that called to mind some of the outfits on view in the exhibit:

tomorrow. #manusxmachina

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And just like that the #MetGala begins! Video by @danilolauria.

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Celebs also embraced the tech-focused theme. This dress by Claire Danes, for example, had a princess vibe but a thoroughly modern twist: it was lit by fiber-optic lights.

#clairedanes #zacposen #metgala

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And a few peeks inside:

Zero Dark Thirty actor Édgar Ramirez 'grammed his dessert:

Apple in the Big Apple #metgala #manusxmachina #NYC

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Kate Bosworth snapped a pic inside the Sackler Wing, where the dinner is held:

Michael & Zoe

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And Vogue, of course, provided a lovely little video of the dinner set-up beforehand:

The perfect setting for a #MetGala dinner. Video by @danilolauria.

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We'll let Anna Wintour close things out as only she can:

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